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Media statements from shark bite patient Andrew Costello and his physician:

July 02, 2015 by Chris Mackey

4:22 p.m.-- 

 

Andrew Costello Statement 

I’m recovering after a frightening and painful shark attack that occurred on July 1. I feel very fortunate to have survived thanks to the incredible assistance I received from medical personnel on the beach, both those on duty and vacation. I am receiving the best care at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC where I was airlifted yesterday. I want to thank everyone from the Ocracoke National Park Service lifeguards to the EMTs and hospital medical staff for their professionalism and excellent care. At this time, I’m focused on my recovery and will not be doing media interviews. Thank you for your concern and respecting my privacy during this time.

 

 

Eric Toschlog, MD, FACS, FCCM Statement 

Mr. Costello received a major, but non-lethal shark bite to his thigh on July 1. He was transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC via air ambulance, where a team of emergency physicians and trauma surgeons was standing by to provide the proper treatment associated with these types of injuries. While his injuries will require multiple additional operations, as of July 2, he has been upgraded to good condition. As a Level I trauma center, Vidant Medical Center has the expertise and facility to treat severe injuries such as Mr. Costello's, and we are optimistic that he will make a full recovery.

 

Dr. Toschlog is Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Vidant Medical Center, and an Associate Professor at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. 

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